The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The music industry provides a variety of experiences and potential careers for musicians based on their creativity and versatility. This course introduces important topics all musicians must know for a career in music. This includes the understanding of the diverse income streams that can be earned from recorded and live music, the identification of the many components that make up the music industry and their relationship to creation, performance, production and dissemination.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI1441. Students who have successfully completed MUSI1441 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI2441.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Investigate career opportunities in the music industry

2. Identify income streams in the music industry

3. Apply fundamental contract negotiation principles

4. Recognise and outline key characteristics in the presentation of a professional musical identity


Musician representation, retail, publishing, contracts, copyright, royalties, promotion, distribution, networking and exposure.


This course replaces MUSI1441. If you have successfully completed MUSI1441 you cannot enroll in this course

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Music Industry Case Study 30%

Professional Task: Contract Negotiation 35%

Portfolio: Music Industry Identity Portfolio 35%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1